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Apparently .io belongs to Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean which is currently owned by the UK and leased to a US airbase.
The UK threw the Chagossian natives off the island in the 1960s, most of them are currently living in the UK.
The Chagossians have been fighting a long legal battle through the English courts to return to Diego Garcia. The case has had lots of twists and turns:
.io domains are owned by the British Government.
The British Government is illegally occupying the Chagos Islands.
Profits from the sale of .io domains go to somewhere not-released to the public, on grounds of “national security”.
By purchasing a .io domain, you are contributing and/or profiting from the occupation of the Chagos Islands.
This really isn’t hard.
If there were no illegal occupation (and illegal lease) of the Chagos Islands, then there would be no British Indian Ocean Territory.
.io is the country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for that illegally occupied territory.
If there were no illegal occupation, there would be no .io domain.
By purchasing or operating a .io domain, you’re paying the people who are illegally occupying the territory.
Which part of this is failing the standard of “evidence that .io domains are directly contributing to the problems with the Chagos islands”??
I think this is something you would have to discuss with website owners directly, because there's presumably very little awareness of this issue.
I'm guessing most people simply aren't aware where the .io domain comes from, especially nowadays when generic non-country domains like .data or .xyz dominate the lists of available names.
(How many people know .tv is from Tuvalu?)
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